When Someone in the Family Has Alzheimer’s: A Jungian Perspective on the Caregiving Experience

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  •  July 23, 2016
     10:00 am CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

CEUs: 5

Instructor: Barbara Burns, Joan Kram, Dan Ross

Alzheimer’s is an increasingly prevalent disease. This workshop will explore both the daily reality of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, as well as the more archetypal perspective of loss and grieving, from a Jungian perspective. The morning session will be conducted by Joan Kram and Barbara Burns. Both have had long and unique nursing careers and years of personal experience caring for family members. Barbara and Joan will describe coping styles, support, ideas for navigating hospitalizations, palliative and hospice care, and discuss the pros and cons of home care. Self care during the nursing experience, and working through family disputes, worries, and angers will be tied in with Kubler-Ross’s Stages of Grief.  The afternoon will be led by Dan Ross, an experienced nurse practitioner, who has served as the Director of Clinical Services: Home Health and Hospice, Great Lakes Division. Dan will discuss the unique aspects of caregiver grief when taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s. He will include stories from Kate Bateman’s new book, Crossing the Owl’s Bridge, to explore Alzheimer’s as a “death in life” as the personality of the loved one changes. He will address the question of ‘how does one actually grieve that loss when the person actually dies?’ The discussion will include folk tales from the book that will serve to amplify this process.

About the Instructors
Barbara Burns RN, LCSW received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. In addition to being a Clinical Social Worker, Barbara has been teaching Tai Chi for over 35 years.   She is very interested in women’s spirituality and completed the certificate program at the Jung Institute in 1989. She resides in Evanston and is a member of the Board of Trustees at The C. G. Jung Center.

Joan Kram, MBA, BSN, RN has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare. Joan’s career has spanned from the delivery of patient care and directing teams in clinical research, to serving as the Director of Hospice Services for MidWest Palliative Hospice CareCenter (now known as Journey Care). In 2010, Kram joined Association Management Center as an account executive. She is the executive director (ED) for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing and she is also the executive director for the International Transplant Nurses Society.

Dan Ross, RN, MBA has worked in the field of Hospice for over 20 years and in health care for over 30 years. His interest in analytical psychology grew from his work with dying patients and in 2008 he completed the Clinical Training Program at the Jung Institute of Chicago. He has since committed himself to the integration of Jungian psychotherapy in hospice care and to the training of clinicians as well as the public in the principles of analytical psychology. He serves as a Volunteer Therapist at The C. G. Jung Center.


Venue Phone: 847-475-4848 *221

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817 Dempster St., Evanston, Illinois, 60201, United States